Joe Van elected new President of Highline School Board


The Highline School Board has a new leader – the board elected Joe Van (pictured above) to serve as the new board president.

Mr. Van has served on the board since spring 2015, representing neighborhoods in SeaTac.

“I am thrilled to continue to serve the Highline community in this new leadership role on the School Board,” said Mr. Van. “Through this role, I will continue to advocate for our students, families and staff. It does take a village to raise a child. It also takes a community to band together to ensure that our schools are preparing our students for their future.”

Bernie Dorsey was elected to serve as the board vice president. He has served on the board for more than a decade, and was most recently the board president. Mr. Dorsey represents neighborhoods in the Normandy Park and Des Moines communities.

The school board is currently seeking applications to fill Director Seat #5, which serves neighborhoods in the Des Moines and Normandy Park communities.

Board member Michael Spear stepped down from the board on Jan. 3. Mr. Spear recently purchased a home outside Highline boundaries and is no longer eligible to serve. He was first elected to the School Board in November 2007.

Anyone who lives in District #5 and is a registered voter in Washington State is eligible to serve. Please complete and submit the application along with a current resume to [email protected]. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.

Applications will be reviewed by the School Board. The Board will announce a finalist at the Feb. 21 school board meeting. The appointee will take office on March 2.

Learn more by visiting the School Board website: highlineschools.org/board


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